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A Doll's House
A Doll's House

A Doll's House
Writers Theatre
Thru - Dec 15, 2019

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Chicago Tribune- Recommended

"...Alvarez, a significant talent to emerge in Chicago, is present in each moment of the show. It’s true that she’s stronger here moment by moment than in the clarification of an overall arc, but it’s tough to find that roadmap in this particular play, which has a dazzling array of reversals of fortune, especially when cut down in this way."
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Chris Jones



Chicago Sun Times- Recommended

"...Delgado and Halberstam’s adaptation (staged by Definition Theatre in a slightly different version in 2015) is often a bit on the nose. Torvald’s lectures often sound more like right-wing thesis statements than spontaneous dialogue. But then the dialogue hits you with the scathing precision of a master barber manicuring Torvald’s unctuous face — such as when he informs Nora that “no man would sacrifice his honor over love.” Nora responds with eviscerating logic: “Millions of women do it every day.”"
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Catey Sullivan



Daily Herald- Highly Recommended

"...Every writer needs a good editor -- even pioneering writers like 19th-century playwright Henrik Ibsen. And he has them in writer/actor Sandra Delgado and Writers Theatre artistic director Michael Halberstam, who've refined Ibsen's proto-feminist "A Doll's House" in a most entertaining way."
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Barbara Vitello



Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended

"...In Lavina Jadhwani's nimble, acerbic staging, Cher Álvarez's vivacious Nora doesn't get much time to breathe before the enormity of what she's facing as a result of that long-ago forgery crashes in on her. Meantime, Greg Matthew Anderson's self-important Torvald can't see beyond his own desires for a toy wife. As feminist writer-philosopher Lou Andreas-Salome has noted, his "delight in simple gaiety and loveliness is . . . a conventional person's reluctance to face any serious struggle which could disturb the aesthetic somnolence that allows him to enjoy life with self-satisfaction.""
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Kerry Reid



Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended

"...The 90-minute distillation of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” now on display at Writers Theatre is a fast ride to a shattering finish – an emotional grinder that goes instantly and unflinchingly to the core of this still-remarkable story of a woman’s painful self-discovery, and it never lets up."
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Lawrence B. Johnson



Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Recommended

"...Writers Theatre continues the 2019/20 season with a reboot on Ibsen's classic tale 'A Doll's House' adapted by Sandra Delgado and Michael Halberstam with a fresh and captivating streamlined one-act 90-minute production. The duo, along with director Lavina Jadhwani tells the tale of a tragic hypocrisy Victorian middle-class marriage and the fate of a woman living in Norway, in the late 1800s around Christmastime."
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Rick and Brenda McCain



Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

"...Most theater audiences are familiar with Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll House”, a three act story dealing with love and hate, and relationships in general. Michael Halberstam and Sandra Delgado have adapted this play to a new, streamlined 90 minutes of solid theater and this version is now on the Gillian stage at their venue. This is the “black box” that they redo for every production."
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Alan Bresloff



Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

"...Through this drama, audiences will see how, while many strides have been made in women's rights since the play first opened in 1879, this play is still auspiciously appropriate today. Lavina Jadhwani's direction is smart and dynamic, always keeping this story in motion. She brings to life the point in which Nora, Tovald's little songbird, who he keeps caged in this doll's house makes the difficult decision to become her own person."
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Colin Douglas



Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Somewhat Recommended

"...Overall I didn’t find the adaptation illuminating in its condensation. The characters and plot points were preserved, though in reduced form that squeezed some juice out of the narrative. But mostly the play holds the stage and the finale that leads to Nora’s walking out on her husband is still gripping, if too sudden. A more charismatic, or at least more experienced, leading performance would be desirable, though the Writers Theatre actress may get there yet. But overall the production is shorter, but not an improvement."
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Dan Zeff



Chicago Theater and Arts- Recommended

"...Ibsen's "A Doll House" is based on the true story of novelist Laura Kieler, a friend of Ibsen who did get an illegal loan so she could take her ill husband to Italy. Her husband reacted like Torvald does, but divorced her before committing her to an asylum, then taking her back."
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Jodie Jacobs



PicksInSix- Recommended

"...In the end, Nora's transformation from captive to free spirit is complete. Whether that transformation will change our perception about the dynamics of love and loss in the here-and-now will be the question you ponder on the way home. In retrospect, while Nora's intentions may be virtuous, they appear unorthodox to everyone around her. And when her make-believe world finally comes crashing down and she is left with "nothing at all... not even grief," the only option that remains is change."
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Ed Tracy